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Daffodil was born without front legs and abandoned

“I just couldn't believe what I was seeing—why would anyone do that? Pick up the puppy, and then put her right back in the box?”

She was fearless! Watch her run and coast on her wheels for the very first time!

 

What you don’t hear in the gifs are the cheers and “awwws!” from volunteers and staff members, as they watched this resilient little puppy run for the first time in her life. Just like that: she was given the chance, and she just went for it.

Jene saw several people walk past a frightened, abandoned puppy on a busy Market Street intersection. Even though many noticed the tiny dog, nobody stopped to help. He told us that someone reached for the helpless little creature, and upon noticing her birth defect, decided to put her right back into that soggy cardboard box she was left in.

 

Michelle tells the story:

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Jene wasn't going to leave a puppy in a box on the street. He decided to help.

 

He gently lifted her out of the dirty box, wrapped her into his T-​Shirt, and took her home to offer her food.

Soon, as she flopped about on his hardwood floor, he realized that this adorable little dog needed more help than he could offer at the time.

This is how Daffodil came to the San Francisco SPCA: someone who cared enough—someone who saw her worth despite her deformities—decided to get involved, scooped her up, and carried her to safety.

 

Despite her challenges, Daffodil was a typical puppy at heart: curious, playful, and so very adorable.

 

She had already learned to get around well enough, but couldn’t channel her puppy energy into playful romping, or chasing toys, or running in circles like the other dogs. In order to give her the life she deserves, one full of puppy playdates and trips to the beach, we decided to get Daffodil her very own set of wheels.

 

We ordered a cast-​making kit from a company called OrthoPets. They specialize in prosthetics for animals.

 

Even though Daffodil was only a tiny puppy and still growing, our veterinarians felt that it was best to get her used to her wheels as early as possible. Daffodil would receive a one-​of-​a-​kind, custom-​fit fiberglass device.

 

The circles on this little doggie-​rito mark where the holes for her stumps will be.

 

Custom prosthetics are expensive, but we knew we could count on our supporters: people like you, who won’t turn away.

 

In the meantime, Daffodil spent her time in loving foster care. Lori, who has worked for the SF SPCA for 17 years, and still finds time to foster, offered to take her home and bring her to work during the day to make sure that she was always safe and well cared for.

 

Check out her new ride:

I wish you could have been there! A crowd of staff and volunteers gathered to watch and cheer for little Daffodil as she took her first steps strapped into her new wheels vest.

She fell… but we were there to pick her up again and help her learn her new prosthetic. This is all still very new to her…can you blame her for getting a little too excited? And can you blame us for wanting her to succeed?

 

Her next attempt (with some extra adjustments) goes very well.

Look at her moving around without tipping over! She's also learning how to turn. Her movements are more deliberate this time. She really wants to figure this out and get it right. And we know she will get just there.

 

Are you ready for a little plot twist?

This whole time, we sent pictures and videos of Daffodil to the prosthetics company, so they could get a better idea of her needs and how she was doing with the device.

 

What we didn’t know is that one of the staff members there, Olivia, fell madly in love with our little Daffodil, but assumed that she was already spoken for. One day, they inquired about her adoption status in an email. When she learned that Daffodil didn't have a home yet, Olivia decided to submit her adoption application.

 

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She flew in from Colorado to take her home and provide her with a lifetime of love and specialized care. Because some people see value and love and potential and best friends—even in a broken little dog.

 

There are people who will help find the perfect home for a helpless puppy. To make sure Daffodil has the prosthetics she needs to roll on the beach. They will pick up a stray pet and take them to safety. Or help feral cats. Or send a donation. Or volunteer at a local shelter. Are you one of them?

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Donation:
Blankets and toys$26.00
Sturdy, cozy bed$52.00
Food for a week$104.00
Vaccines and medical care$208.00
Sponsor a pet until adoption$650.00
Specialty medical care for injured pets$1,300.00
Help fund the next rescue transformation$2,600.00
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